(This Arctic animals email was sent on January 22, 2024.)
Hey, is it chilly where you are?
This week’s “Keeping Them Curious” email is perfect for wintry weather—it’s all about Arctic animals!
For those of you who are new to this series, it’s designed to help you with planning for thematic teaching. Whether you like to go all-in with a theme or just like to capture student interest with a few seasonal activities, I’ve got you covered!
Each edition will cover a theme by giving you some tidbits to share with your students and some links to relevant resources from my site and across the web.
You can find the previous editions all in one spot over here so you can refer back as needed!
Keeping Them Curious is an email series for teachers who are passionate about actively engaging students in thematic learning. I’m posting the email content here for those who might like to have a place to revisit each theme. If you would like to receive this content by email, please let me know below!
Did You Know? Arctic Animals Facts for Your Class
I’ll start with some un-brr-lieveable and interesting Arctic facts you can slip into your lessons this week!
🐻❄️ Polar bears are the largest land-dwelling carnivores on Earth. Male polar bears can reach up to 12 feet in height, but newborn cubs are only about a foot long. Watch an adorable pair of cubs take their first steps here.
🐻❄️ Arctic foxes can hear lemmings, their favorite prey, crawling in tunnels deep within the snow. After pinpointing the location of a lemming, a fox will jump up in the air and dive nose-first into the snow to catch it.
🐻❄️ The word “Arctic” is from the Greek arktos, meaning “bear.” The region was given this name because the constellation Ursa Major, which means “Greater Bear,” is always visible in the northern sky. (Ursa Major is the constellation we call the Big Dipper.)
🐻❄️ While most owls are known for being nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal and actively hunt during the day. This is necessary during Arctic summers when the sun shines all day and night! Read more about these interesting birds here.
🐻❄️ The Arctic Ocean is the shallowest and smallest and one of the coldest oceans on Earth, but it is teeming with life. Seals, walruses, whales, and fish are only some of the interesting creatures to be found there. Check out these fascinating animals that make their home on the Arctic seafloor!
Here’s the link to a FREE teen numbers, Arctic animals task box activity! Build fine motor skills AND number sense while sticking with your Arctic theme!
Head over to this new post to find 30 kindergarten-appropriate videos about the Arctic and its animals!
If you’re looking for some easy, ready-to-go Arctic resources, this unit is jam-packed with them! In this set, you’ll find two informational slideshows (one’s an easy reader), mini-books, student research materials, ADORABLE hat templates, and more! You can find this on TPT or in the My Happy Place website shop.
Here are a few more winter resources that might help:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this “Keeping Them Curious” post! I’m looking forward to continuing this series with additional themes. ❄️ What themes do you have coming up? As always, please feel free to comment below or send me an email—I’d love to hear from you!